The Age of Wonder

The Age of Wonder

How the Romantic Generation Discovered the Beauty and Terror of Science

eBook - 2009
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"The Age of Wonder" explores the earliest ideas of deep time and space, and the explorers of "dynamic science": an infinite, mysterious Nature waiting to be discovered. Three lives dominate the book: William Herschel, his sister Caroline, and Humphry Davy.
Publisher: New York : Pantheon Books, [2009]
ISBN: 9780307378323
Characteristics: 1 online resource
Subjects: Herschel, William, 1738-1822.
Herschel, Caroline Lucretia, 1750-1848.
Davy, Humphry, Sir, 1778-1829.
Science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
Discoveries in science -- Great Britain -- History -- 18th century.
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Jan 25, 2020

Every chapter a scrumptious slice of cheesecake . Fully annotated; an expert and well conceived work.

Nicr Nov 18, 2018

Circumnavigation of the globe, the sighting of Uranus, balloon flight, James Banks in Tahiti, William Herschel in deep space, Mungo Park in Africa, Humphry Davy in his lab conducting wild experiments with Coleridge, Southey and co.--this is the Age of Wonder. Terrific exploration of the daring scientific pursuit in the late 18th and early 19th centuries that inspired the Romantics.

SFPL_danielay Jun 30, 2016

"Age of Wonder" is the perfect title for this book about science during the Romantic period. Being a scientist during that time must have been truly an exhilarating experience despite all the hardships and the excitement of discovery is palpable in Holmes' account.

debwalker Dec 09, 2010

Selected by Richard Harvell for NPR as a Book to Rekindle Your Sense of Wonder.

Aug 10, 2010

A wonderful book on the history of science centred around the Romantic period. I enjoyed the interposed examples of poetry from same period, and at last understood some of references in some of the poetry I studied in high school.

ser_library Jul 12, 2010

fascinating and readable with many anecdotes and just enough context

good portrayal of Caroline Herschel and a general 21st century feminist perspective on the age


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